Rape cases on the increase

| September 19, 2013

Police have recorded an increase in sexual offences against women this year compared to the same period last year.

Crime reports from January to date indicate that most of the rape victims have suffered at the hands of people they are closer to. The report indicates that rape incidents have increased by 8 percent when compared to the same period last year. Rape cases reported this year are 990 slightly higher than last year’s records of 937 during the same period.

The most affected areas are Gaborone and the periphery, Francistown, Serowe and Molepolole.
According to a statement by the acting public relations officer Dipheko Motube most women who have become prey are aged between 18 and 40 years. Meanwhile stock theft cases have also increased, and police said it is due to farmers who don’t care for their stock.

“However there has been a general decrease in a number of serious offenses,” he stated, adding that since the beginning of the year serious offenses have decreased by 12 percent when compared to the same period last year.

Motube pointed out that police would intensify operations that would lead to the arrest of suspects believed to have been involved in the offences. He urged communities to form clusters and neighborhood watch to help fight crime.

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